Dubai in 7 days: tips and itinerary to make the most of your visit

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Enjoy a week of luxurious experiences and be seduced by Arabic tradition in the most cosmopolitan city in the Middle East. Enjoy the best things to do in Dubai with this guide.

Dubai is known as an oasis of modernity and luxury in the middle of the desert, with world-renowned architectural gems that combine luxury and technology while respecting the great Arab Thanks to the incredible transformation it has undergone in recent years, Dubai has positioned itself as the safest city in the United Arab Emirates .

Visiting Dubai for a week and not sure where to start? The Dubai in 7 Days guide below will allow you to organize your itinerary and experience magical adventures in the desert, see the city’s most emblematic sites and discover hidden gems, without missing a thing there is to do in Dubai .

Welcome to your first day in Dubai. The following itinerary will allow you to visit the tallest skyscraper in the world, spend an afternoon shopping at the Dubai Mall and dine while admiring the world’s best water and light show at the fountain of Dubai. Can we start?

Walk through the gardens and parks of Burj Park

Your first stop in the city of the future is Downtown Dubai. Be dazzled by the incredible views of the futuristic skyline and enjoy a morning stroll through the grounds of Burj Park .

Climb the Burj Khalifa: the tallest observation deck in the world

The 360ยบ At the Top observation deck is located on the 125th floor and costs around 50 euros. A few floors higher, for around 110 euros, you can access the 148th floor, where the highest observation deck in the world is located, ideal for admiring Dubai above the clouds.

The best way to spend the afternoon of your first day in Dubai is to visit the world’s largest mall, the Dubai Mall . A commercial space located right next to the Burj Khalifa, ideal for shopping lovers thanks to its 1,200 shops where you will find luxury brands, international fashion chains and home accessories, among others.

Dine at Time Out Market with a view of the Dubai Fountain

After an afternoon of shopping at the Dubai Mall, head to Dubai’s Time Out Market to enjoy a delicious reservation-free dinner at one of the 17 restaurants on offer.

While you savor your dinner, end your first day in style with Dubai’s best musical water and light show , highly recommended if you’re ascending the Burj Khalifa at night . The largest dancing water fountain in the world thanks to its 150 meter high jets.

On the second day, I suggest you go back in time to visit the Heritage Village and have an authentic experience by strolling through the souks and eating like a local in the old quarter of Deira.

Visit to the Heritage Village and the Heritage House

On the second day, I invite you to go back in time and discover what Dubai was like before its modernization. The best way to do this is to visit the Heritage Village and the Heritage House .

These two open-air museums will allow you to relive family life in the traditional houses of Dubai in the 19th century and discover the traditional work of artisans and weavers who made weavings or fishing boats. Before you leave, be sure to visit the shops inside for authentic souvenirs.

At the Heritage Village , you also have the chance to interact and pose for a souvenir photo with iconic Dubai animals, such as falcons, and ride a camel.

Book a guided tour of old Dubai and modern Dubai

Enjoy a tour of the souks , historic Arab markets located in the traditional district of Deira , where you can get lost in the many narrow streets lined with local traders who will be happy to negotiate a good price for the various items of Arab culture and Asian that they have for sale.

As you stroll through the various souks, you can sample a variety of local dishes from the street food stalls in the markets and eat like a local .By eating at these stalls, you will have a unique and inexpensive experience in the traditional neighborhood of Deira, which you could not have in a restaurant.

You can start your third day of sightseeing in Dubai with a leisurely stroll along Marina Walk , but don’t forget your swimsuit, because later it’s time for some water fun at Atlantis Aquaventure – the most largest water park in the world.

Start your third day in Dubai with a morning stroll along the pedestrian promenade around the 3.5 kilometer man-made canal of Marina Walk and be dazzled by the incredible views of Dubai’s most modern and cosmopolitan area.

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